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Orioles bring back Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O'Day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have brought back pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day for next season.

The club had options on both players and decided to pick them up. Chen posted a 3.54 ERA over 185 2/3 innings last year. O'Day posted a 1.70 ERA over 68 2/3 innings. 

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Dan Haren decides to return to Los Angeles
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren has decided to remain with the club, according to the Los Angeles Times

Haren opted to exercise a $10 million option to stay with the team. In his first season with Los Angeles, Haren posted a 4.02 ERA 186 innings. 

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Royals expected to decline option on Billy Butler
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Royals are expected to decline an option on designated hitter Billy Butler, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Butler slumped last season, hitting .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats. He hit just nine home runs. Butler is owed $12 million next season, and the team is expected to go a different direction. 

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Royals pitcher Danny Duffy limited by rib issue
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was limited by a rib injury throughout the playoffs, according to the Kansas City Star.

Duffy suffered a stress fractuce in his ribcage late in the year, which prevented him from throwing more than two or three innings at a time. Duffy was a candidate to start the first game of the ALDS until the injury cropped up. Duffy was excellent down the stretch for Kansas City. He posted a 2.53 ERA over 149 1/3 innings. 

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Marlins expected to bring back Jeff Mathis
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Marlins are expected to pick up an option on catcher Jeff Mathis, according to MLB.com.

Mathis is owed $1.5 million next season, and the club will likely pick that up. Mathis isn't much of a threat at the plate, but receives high marks for his defense and ability to work with a pitching staff. 

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Phillies decline option on Mike Adams
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Phillies have declined an option on reliever Mike Adams, according to SBNation.

Adams could have been brought back for $6 million, but the team opted to cut bait. He posted a 2.89 ERA over 18 2/3 innings, but struggled with arm injuries throughout the year. 

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Rangers' Jurickson Profar at about 95 percent
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is at about 95 percent, according to the Dallas Morning News

A shoulder injury limited Profar throughout the entire season. The team will give Profar three more weeks before re-evaluating him. The hope is that Profar will be cleared by January. He did not appear in the majors last season. 

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Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo done in the AFL
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will not play in the Arizona Fall League, according to the Providence Journal.

Castillo is dealing with a thumb injury, and the team wants to play it safe. It's unclear whether Castillo will go to Puerto Rico in order to play winter ball.

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Yankees activate Alex Rodriguez from restricted list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Yankees have activated third baseman Alex Rodriguez from the restricted list Thursday.

He's back! After serving a full season suspension, Rodriguez has been reinstated by the club. It's unclear what role Rodriguez will play next season. There have been reports that A-Rod may see time at first or could serve as the designated hitter. The 39-year-old hit .244/.348/.423 over 156 at-bats back in 2013. 

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Cardinals retain John Lackey for 2015
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Cardinals have picked up an option on pitcher John Lackey for 2015.

Lackey's contract situation was somewhat unique. Since he missed time a couple years ago due to elbow surgery, Lackey's 2015 option dropped to just $500,000. The move was a no-brainer for St. Louis. Last season, Lackey posted a 3.82 ERA over 198 innings.

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